Monday, March 05, 2007

Lopez on CPAC

From NRO’s The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez offers some tidbits from the CPAC Conference:

Newt Gingrich was hands down the best of the buzzed-about 2008ers. I think he was prepping us for the Gingrich-Jeb Bush 2008 suprise of the year. Who would have thunk it? (Hey, this cycle is long, I'm trying to keep it interesting.) Some people would clearly like him too. . .

Brownback's story of the girl he adopted from China reminds everyone what that fight for life is about. It does make you appreciate he's in the mix inasmuch as he talks about the dignity of human life across the globe.

Romney really helped himself by giving the speech he did. He's got a disadvantage Giuliani and McCain don't have — he still has to introduce himself to people. If you saw him for the first time Friday, you got a good intro.

Rudy Giuliani may have been the real winner of this thing though — that he did as well as he did with a self-identified conservative crowd. His speech had both an overarching theme and great moments — that frankly surpassed anyone else at one moment in particular.

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I’m still waiting for Giuliani to get the smackdown he deserves from some segment of the Conservative world. Apparently CPAC is not that segment. The ease with which Rudy is wooing supposedly staunch pro-lifers is a bit alarming, but there’s still time for Conservatives to come to their senses.

At least it’s nice to see that Gingrich and Brownback had strong showings, and what’s this talk about Jeb Bush? Could we see a surprise emergence of the most deserving of the Bush clan?

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